Range Rover sets speed runs on six surfaces

Zero to 100 km/h sprints on pavement, grass, gravel, mud, snow and sand

Published: January 23, 2017, 9:30 PM
Updated: January 27, 2017, 4:22 AM

Composite of Range Rover Sport SVR 0-100km/h runs

Range Rover Sport SVR 0-100km/h run on asphalt

Sure, any powerful vehicle can post impressive zero to 100 km/h times, but what is more impressive than divulging acceleration times over a variety of terrains, seeing as the vehicle in question — the Range Rover Sport — is meant to be used on a variety of terrains.

Land Rover recently sent an SVR version of its Range Rover Sport to various testing facilities in Europe to time the vehicle’s acceleration on all the terrains on which it is capable of being used (though we’re disappointed it didn’t do a water run, seeing as it’s also capable of fording 851 mm (33.5 inches) of water.

Range Rover Sport SVR 0-100km/h run on sand

All 0-100 km/h sprints were performed on 275/45 R21 Michelin All-Season Tires, using the Land Rover Terrain Response 2 system that automatically selects the driving mode (General Driving, Dynamic, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud and Ruts, Sand, and Rock Crawl) to suit the traction conditions. The driver can also select the driving mode manually.

The Range Rover Sport SVR uses a 5.0-litre supercharged V-8 that puts out 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque (plateauing between 3500 and 4000 rpm), and an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Range Rover Sport SVR 0-100km/h run on snow

For the record, the oft-quoted zero to 100 time is 4.7 seconds. That’s on dry asphalt (and usually under ideal climate conditions, with an experienced and often lightweight driver). It was set in Dynamic mode at Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, England.

However, that’s not too far removed from the time the vehicle posted on gravel (using the Grass, Gravel and Snow mode) — 5.3 seconds — which was also only marginally quicker than the 5.5 times set on wet Grass (also on Grass, Gravel and Snow) and Sand (Sand mode).

Range Rover Sport SVR 0-100km/h run on gravel

From there, the Range Rover Sport SVR was a full second slower on Mud (6.5 seconds using Mud and Ruts mode) and more than twice as slow in Snow (11.3 seconds in Grass, Gravel and Snow mode).

The runs on asphalt, grass, gravel and mud were set at Land Rover test and training facilities in the centre of England, before the vehicle headed off to Pendine Sands at Carmarthen Bay in South Wales, and then to Arjeplog, Sweden for the snow run.

Range Rover Sport SVR rock crawl

The mode that didn’t get a zero to 100 time is the Rock Crawl mode because crawling over rocks is something you don’t want to do in a hurry, and the vehicle hardly (if ever) gets over 10 km/h. The Range Rover Sport SVR did, however, manage to scale a 32% incline.

The tests were performed by Darren Jones, Stability Applications Leader for Jaguar Land Rover, who claimed: “The Range Rover Sport SVR is famed for its on-road performance, but this hasn’t been achieved at the expense of customary Land Rover capability.”